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More Cuts At Norfolk County Council

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8:17am 5th September 2014

We may see cuts to Childrens Services and care for older people as Norfolk County Council tries to save nearly £18million.

The amount of money the council gets from the government has been cut, plus it still has to pay off the incinerator.

Combines with the £40million they’ve already cut, it adds up to around a 10% reduction in the total budget.

Councillors will meet today to talk about the issue - but the plan is still NOT to raise our council tax. That's despite a public consultation saying people were happy to pay more.

The Deputy Leader of Norfolk County Council is Cllr David Harrison:

“If we were going to do it, all 5 parties on the council would have to agree, and no one is going to break ranks. So I doubt that it would go ahead.

Personally I think it’s a good idea, particularly if we said the new tax income would go on a particular thing like Libraries or Children’s Service, or what ever you want.”

Cllr Harrison also told us where savings are likely to come from, but says the process of making cuts are likely yo be slower than in presvious years.

“We’re facing a £3million hit on Childrens Services, on Health Services, and on Environmental Services they’re the big departments. The rest will hit the smaller services like Norfolk Fire and Rescue.

Those are just ballpark figures at the moment though, we’ll have to argue it through with the Chair of each committee.

That’s another point of course, we now have a committee systen rather than a cabinet, so it makes each decision notsomuch more difficult, but more lengthy in process.”


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